Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?